Stone Creek Elementary teachers create flexible student seating
Some critics say that while America has changed tremendously during the past 50 years, schools haven't kept up. We still do school Monday through Friday, for about 7 hours a day, while teachers just follow orders, and line their students up in neat rows of desks, right?
Wrong. A north Georgia school is shaking things up a bit. Traditional desks and tables are becoming a thing of the past.
Stone Creek Elementary School in Walker County, Georgia seems quiet, but there's a revolution underway.
Flexible seating is described as "a movement in which the students sit to learn, not learn to sit."
In the classrooms, there are various types of seating, varying in shape, height, material and motion. If they're a bit wiggly, there are chairs and accessories that are designed just for them.
This "out of the box" thinking didn't come from the superintendent or the school board. Nor did principal Brandon Mosgrove issue any orders from the big office down the hall. This idea came from the teachers themselves.
Kindergarten teacher Sydney Thornburg was among the teachers who introduced the program to the school.
Principal Mosgrove encourages teachers to assume leadership roles, and bring ideas to the table. He told them to lead, innovate, and participate in decision making.
Flexible seating was a top priority for the teachers.
Ms. Thornburg said, "It has worked wonderfully. There are very few behavioral issues. They can get their movement while getting their education."
She added, "Flexible seating is just one aspect of our teacher leadership program. This has really been good for the school climate."
This is the third year for flexible seating at Stone Creek, and it's spreading to more classrooms each year. Don't be surprised to see this unconventional setting coming to a school near you.
Principal Mosgrove said, "Our county officials have toured the classrooms, and they embrace and encourage the teacher leadership initiative, and the flexible seating concept."
He added that the flexible seating is gradually expanding at Stone Creek, and other educators frequently visit the school as they consider making similar changes.